Court rejects Zakia’s plea to allow Teesta to examine SIT report

A metropolitan court here on Monday rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea seeking permission to allow activist Teesta Setalvad to examine on her behalf the original closure report filed by SIT that probed her complaint alleging Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others played a role in the post-Godhra riots.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 17, 2012 5:21:15 am

A metropolitan court here on Monday rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea seeking permission to allow activist Teesta Setalvad to examine on her behalf the original closure report filed by SIT that probed her complaint alleging Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others played a role in the post-Godhra riots.

Zakia,widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed by rioters at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad in 2002,had argued that many documents were “missing” from the copy of SIT’s report provided to her and therefore Setalvad be allowed to inspect the original report that lay with the court. The report runs into 20,000-odd pages.

The SIT had challenged Zakia’s plea on the ground that Setalvad was not a party in the case and was only supporting the complainant. The SIT had also cited allegations against her of “tutoring” witnesses.

Rejecting Zakia’s plea,Metropolitan Magistrate B J Ganatra cited a Supreme Court judgment that there were lawyers representing Zakia,so Setalvad could not represent the complainant.

The magistrate,however,ordered the SIT to provide to the complainant fresh copies of reports that are not legible. The SIT was also directed to file an affidavit if it has withheld any documents from the closure report. The SIT is likely to file the affidavit on July 19.

The court also rejected Zakia’s another application demanding copy of A K Malhotra’s report from the SIT and other documents. The court said Malhotra’s report was based on inquiry and not investigation and therefore it could not be given as per SC’s directions. Zakia was only allowed to get a copy of SIT’s investigation report. The court ordered Zakia’s lawyers to complete the examination of the original report by July 21.

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